Safety and Survival

I’ve spent a lot of time and money on equipment and gear that didn’t work well, didn’t hold up or I just didn’t need. I try to travel like I live. Simply and without a lot of clutter. I always research my stuff to the extreme because I want it to last and be practical. I only recommend something when I own, love and use it. I won’t recommend shit just to get paid. These recommendations are made not just to make advertising revenue but to share with you my experience and save you some time and money. That said I do use the revenue to fund this site, my raging beer habit and traveling. Please read the “Important” legal notice below then scroll through for cool stuff.

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Buck Knives 119 Special Fixed Blade Knife with Leather Sheath

If you adventure outdoors you have to have a good knife. This will not disappoint. A very high quality and reasonably priced knife. Great size and weight. This is ridiculously sharp. I sliced my finger just barely touching it. Pissed me off for a week cause I was prospecting and my hands were always wet. When you’ve exhausted your Bear Spray and the pack of Rabid Chipmunks is still coming, this is your last line of defense. Click on pic to view more info or purchase on Amazon.

UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit

A bit expensive for 12 matches….but these are bad ass. Worth every penny when I dropped my lighter in the creek and needed to light my…. These things are crazy. Light one, throw it in water, pick it back up again and it will relight. I keep them in my hiking backpack for emergencies and have no doubt they will work in a downpour. They have to burn out. Its almost impossible to put them out. Click on pic to view more info or purchase on Amazon.

EKTOS 90% Wool Blanket, Grey, Warm & Heavy 4.4 lbs, Large Washable 66″x90″ Size

It’s hard to find a high quality, reasonably priced wool blanket. This is in my Jeep on every road trip. I use it when I want to take a quick nap and it’s cold. I use it as an extra blanket in my tent when its really cold. Its wool so its not the softest or best smelling blanket but it keeps me nice and toasty. It probably thinks I smell too. Click on pic to view more info or purchase on Amazon.

Swiss Safe 2-in-1 First Aid Kit (120 Piece) + Bonus 32-Piece Mini First Aid Kit: Compact

Looking for a great basic first aid kit. This fits the bill. It has all your basics and a nice carry case with enough room to fit some extras like aspirin, itch cream and Prep H. The little mini bonus kit that goes with it fits nicely in my hiking backpack. Enough room for a few bandaids and stuff to take care of my boo-boos. Click on pic to view more info or purchase on Amazon.

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

This is one of those things you probably will not use much if ever. If you solo hike or adventure in remote areas it’s kind of a must have though. You can survive a long time without food but water is a different story. Its always in my hiking backpack. It has no batteries or moving parts and will filter 1,000 liters of water. Better safe than sorry. Click on pic to view more info or purchase on Amazon.

S.O.L Survive Outdoors Longer 90% Reflective Lightweight Emergency Bivvy

Another item in my hiking backpack that will hopefully never get used. It’s light and its worth it to have the peace of mind. It will reflect 90% of your body heat back to you. Wind and waterproof with taped seams. Nice emergency shelter and sleeping bivy if shit hits the fan or your spouse throws you out in the dead of winter. Click on pic to view more info or purchase on Amazon.

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